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Kovar named Pac-12 Player of the Week in men's soccer

Stanford midfielder Aaron Kovar was named Pac-12 Player of the Week in men's soccer on Tuesday for his one-goal, one-assist effort in last Wednesday's 2-1 overtime win over No. 5 California.

Kovar scored the winner in the 92nd minute against the Golden Bears, latching onto a 50-50 winner from JJ Koval, then dribbling through multiple defenders before sending a right-footed volley low to the right post.

The Seattle native also assisted on the Cardinal's first goal, playing a curving long ball down the left flank to Jordan Morris, who carried into the box and fed Zach Batteer for an easy tap-in.

The win was a signature result for the Cardinal, upping its record to 9-6-3 and solidifying its case for an NCAA Tournament bid. Stanford's bid was made official Monday morning, and the Cardinal hosts West Coast Conference champion Loyola Marymount Thursday at Cagan Stadium in first-round action at 7 p.m.

Kovar's honor is the third for the Cardinal this season. Goalkeeper Drew Hutchins captured the honor Sept. 24 while Morris claimed it on Oct. 1.

Cross country

Chris Miltenberg, Stanford's Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track and Field, was named NCAA Division I Cross Country West Region Men's Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Tuesday.

Miltenberg, in his second season, led Stanford to victory at the NCAA West Regional in Sacramento last week, earning the Cardinal a spot in the NCAA Championships on Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind.

Stanford enters the meet with a No. 4 national ranking after being ranked a low as No. 29 midway through the season. However, fourth place at the Pre-Nationals, third in the Pac-12, and a regional championship have vaulted Stanford up the rankings.

Stanford was the only school to place three among the top 10 at regionals, led by Jim Rosa's runner-up finish. Also, Erik Olson was third and Michael Atchoo sixth. Rosa also was second at the Pac-12 championships.

Miltenberg also coached the Stanford women into the NCAA's. The Cardinal was second at the NCAA West Region and are ranked No. 12. This marks the 20th consecutive season that both the Stanford men and women will compete as a team in the national championships.

In addition to Miltenberg's honor, seven Stanford runners were named to the All-West Region team -- senior Michael Atchoo, freshman Sean McGorty, senior Erik Olson, junior Jim Rosa, junior

Aisling Cuffe, sophomore Megan Lacy, and senior Jessica Tonn.

Field hockey

Stanford's Kelsey Harbin and Hope Burke were named Longstreth/NFHCA All-Region First Team selections, as announced Tuesday by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.

Alex McCawley and Maddie Secco earned Second Team honors, giving the Cardinal four selections overall.

Harbin was named to the First Team for the second consecutive year, while Burke earned her second All-Region honor after being selected to the Second Team in 2012.

McCawley has now been selected to the Second Team twice after earning recognition in 2011. It was the first All-Region award for Secco.

Harbin had a strong junior campaign and was named the 2013 NorPac West Player of the Year, a NorPac West All-Conference selection and a two-time NorPac West Defensive Player of the Week. Harbin anchored the Stanford defense that allowed just 19 goals in 21 games, and recorded 10 shutouts. Stanford finished with a 0.88 goals-against average and a .808 save percentage.

She was also an offensive force, leading Stanford with 47 shots and recording 22 points on seven goals and eight assists.

Burke was named to the NorPac West All-Conference team, earned the Sheryl Johnson Academic Award and was a three-time NorPac West Offensive Player of the Week. Burke had an outstanding offensive season, recording 22 points on nine goals and four assists. She was an efficient scorer and held a .333 shooting percentage.

Burke scored big goals in crucial moments for the Cardinal including game-winning goals against Michigan (Oct. 25) and No. 20 New Hampshire (Sept. 6).

McCawley was a NorPac West All-Conference selection and claimed NorPac Offensive Player of the Week honors after scoring two goals, including the game-winner, against California on Sept. 20. McCawley continued her strong play in the postseason, leading Stanford with six points and three goals at the NorPac Tournament. She finished third on the Cardinal with 17 points and second with eight goals on the season.

Secco was a NorPac West All-Conference team and NorPac All-Tournament team selection in 2013. Secco was a key contributor to Stanford's prolific offense. One of Stanford's best stick-handlers, she generated numerous scoring opportunities down the left flank and created matchup issues for opposing defenses. Secco's vision and passing skills helped Stanford outscore opponents 57-19 this season.

Secco's accomplishments are even more impressive when considering she missed three games to compete with Team Canada at the Pan American Cup, where she earned a bronze medal.

Stanford finished the season 16-5, claiming its fifth consecutive NorPac West regular season title and appearing in its eighth straight NorPac Championship final.

The Cardinal played one of the nation's toughest schedules and boasted one of the top defenses in the country. Stanford went 4-3 against top-20 opponents, with three of its wins coming on the road, and was ranked in the top-five in the NCAA in goals-against average and save percentage for almost the entire season.

Sailing

Stanford sailing captured the Big Sail title as it cruised to a trio of 1-0 victories over California on Tuesday afternoon at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco.

The regatta, which took place between the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, was originally scheduled as a best-of-three race format but was shortened to a winner-take-all competition due to light winds. The Cardinal claimed victories in the masters, young alumni and varsity divisions.

Despite the light winds and stormy conditions, the Big Sail was an event full of life with multiple generations of Stanford and Cal sailors in attendance, as well as each school's pep band which provided music and entertainment.

"The conditions weren't fantastic but the sailing was great," said Stanford head coach John Vandemoer. "It's always a fun event when Stanford and Cal come together. There's so much alumni spirit and so much pride on the line. Certainly Stanford came out big today in the pride category, sweeping all three divisions. I think that's the first time it's ever been done and we're really excited to have that happen."

— Stanford Athletics

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